Saturday, August 25, 2007

Thai cooking with Martha Sherpa

I am exhausted, wiped out, knackered. You see, I'm still recovering from a hard day's chopping, pounding and stir frying with Martha Sherpa.

I enrolled on the one day Thai intensive course - now that my time in Hong Kong is coming to an end I really thought I should learn some Asian cooking whilst I'm out here. If you fancy something more authentically Hong Kong, Martha also teaches Chinese cooking and Dim Sum.

I was slightly put off by the dilapidated exterior of the building when I arrived - however once I was inside the kitchen I was relieved to find that everything was meticulously clean and tidy.

The course was excellent value as there were only two students so we really got a lot of one-on-one attention. My classmate Coco was also from Surrey in the UK so I felt at home right away! Martha is an absolute mine of information and gave us lots of handy hints and tips, plus where in Hong Kong to find all the ingredients and equipment that we would need. I will definitely be visting the WanChai wet market for herbs and Shanghai Street for kitchen tools...




We started the day with three demonstration dishes. First Martha whipped up some Tom Yam Koong, showing us the traditional way to make the dish. The herbs were incredibly fragrant - we learnt how to use lemongrass, galengal and coriander root (not sure how I'm going to find this one back home!). The resulting soup was clear rather than red and milky as you see in restaurants. The flavour was deliciously fresh and hot, yet without being spicy.





Martha also whipped up a couple of fish dishes. Coco and I quivered as we helped to fry one of the unlucky pisceans in a wok full of boiling oil! Still not sure whether I would try this one at home, but the sweet and sticky 3 favour sauce it came with would definitely work for dipping fish or crab cakes. I will be posting a recipe for this one once I've experimented a bit!

Lunchtime was spent tucking in to Martha's freshly made delicacies. Then, armed with huge machetes, it was our turn to do the cooking.



We chopped (finely!), pounded in a pestle and mortar, and stir-fryed until our arms almost dropped off. We were rewarded with delicious Pad Thai, Green Curry and Penang Curry kebabs.




I would definitely recommend Martha's!

4 comments:

thedub said...

Hi Alex,
Thanks for this wonderful post. I had been considering booking in for some courses with Martha Sherpa next month, and your detailed and enthusiastic descriptions have me hooked. Great to hear, too, from someone on the ground, who has actually been there. But would four days be too much - it sounds quite intense, from your post?
Good luck with your blog, and have fun doing it.

thedub said...

Hi Alex,
Thanks for this wonderful post. I had been considering booking in for some courses with Martha Sherpa next month, and your detailed and enthusiastic descriptions have me hooked. Great to hear, too, from someone on the ground, who has actually been there. But would four days be too much - it sounds quite intense, from your post?
Good luck with your blog, and have fun doing it.

alexthepink said...

Hey thedub,
Thanks for you comment. 4 days would be very intense, but definitely worth it. I was in bed by 9pm after the course!
Alex

Howdy said...

There's a bunch of Thai cooking videos in this website you can watch to learn to cook Thai food
www.thaifoodtonight.com